- A woman died over the weekend while hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains due to extreme heat.
- The female hiker reportedly began hiking at about 8 a.m. but the California Heat Wave was unbearable that she suffered a heat-related death.
- The Santa Monica Mountains trails were closed down on Labor Day weekend following the hiker’s death, as the state continued to experience record-breaking heat, dangerous to people and pet outdoors.
A woman suffered a heat-related death after hiking during the California Heat Wave in Santa Monica Mountains.
The 41-year-old hiker was with a friend when she started to feel sick, so the pair returned to the car, according to the LA County Sheriff’s Department. Her friend called paramedics after the woman collapsed. The temperatures in the area around the time were recorded at more than 110 degrees.
Paramedics with the Los Angeles County Fire Department arrived on the scene and immediately conducted CPR on the victim for about 20 or 30 minutes, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Morgan Arteaga told CNN. They were not able to revive the woman.
The unidentified victim was pronounced dead around 2 p.m. local time in an area near Calabasas. She was at Tapia Park in Malibu Creek State Park at the time, Lt. Greg Evans of the Malibu-Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station told CNN affiliate KABC.
According to Arteaga, the woman’s death was likely heat-related and “natural causes of some kind” but said the coroner would provide the official cause of death later.
Arteaga added that the incident was the only recent heat-related death. Temperatures in the area reached more than 110 degrees around the time of the woman’s death, according to the National Weather Service.
On Sunday, the Los Angeles County recorded its highest-ever temperature. The California Department of Parks and Recreation closed all Santa Monica Mountains hiking trails through 5 p.m. Monday due to unbearable heat, dangerous to anyone outdoors.
Officials discouraged people from being outdoors in the high temperatures, especially with pets.